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Bunk and Lester To Reteam
With WIRE Mastermind David Simon On HBO’s TREME Pilot!!

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Wendell Pierce and Clarke Peters, who played Baltimore police detectives Bunk Moreland and Lester Freamon, respectively, on “The Wire,” will reteam with “Wire” creator David Simon on the HBO pilot “Treme,” which follows residents of post-Katrina New Orleans. Khandi Alexander (“NewsRadio,” “CSI Miami”), who worked with Simon on “The Corner,” is aboard “Treme” as well. The Hollywood reporter describes the roles:
Pierce will play Antoine Batiste, an accomplished jazz trombonist who is now scratching for gigs, trying to support a live-in girlfriend and a new baby, while still carrying a torch for a failed marriage to Ladonna Batiste (Alexander), the mother of his two children, who is single-handedly keeping her bar afloat. Peters will play Albert Lambreaux, a big chief of the White Feather Nation trying to bring the tribe's members home.
Read all of the Reporter’s story on the matter here.

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  • Aug. 7, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST


    by frankenfickle

    i get to watch the struggles... of struggling people... struggling... pass.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Sounds Interesting

    by The_Squid

    I'm just glad their not playing cops. Simon will find a way to make it interesting, he always does.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 1:19 a.m. CST

    You had me at Bunk.

    by Executor

    Generation Kill is great shit. Homicide was fantastic shit. The Wire was the best shit ever. <p> Simon is the shit.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Fuck Yeah!

    by G100

    Yup those struggling Barksdales and Omar and Marlo weren't exactly gripping and as for those struggling recon marines ? Where's the drama in that ?<p> <p>(right about here is where I need the rolleyes emoticon)<p> <p>Generation Kill is must see TV. The Wire is simply unmatched. And Homicide was a great show. As has already been said.<p> <p>So I'd say the omens for TREME are rather good myself.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 1:42 a.m. CST


    by ls420

    Awesome news, I had a feeling we would see some familiar faces in the new series. Lets hope it is as greatas The Wire.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 1:46 a.m. CST

    I can safely say that it's my turn to...

    by Amadeo Zeller

    give a fuck. Now what would be nice if Simon and crew would consider doing a Movie based on some of the surviving characters of The Wire - That would be NIRVANA!

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 2:06 a.m. CST

    You had me at Bunk, and kept me with Lester

    by Det. John Kimble

    Now what about Stringer?

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 2:17 a.m. CST

    This is great news!

    by topaz4206

    Although I'd watch a Simon show about mimes.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 2:25 a.m. CST

    "Look at that bow-legged muthafucka."

    by PumpyMcAss

    "I made him walk like that."

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 3:17 a.m. CST


    by thelivingsunset

    I sort of figured they would put the guy who plays Bunk in this because he is from New Orleans. This looks to be great.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 4:25 a.m. CST

    george w. bush doesn't care about black people

    by Mr_X

    so he's not going to be watching.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 5:55 a.m. CST

    "You seem awfully happy today."

    by ls420

    Detective: I got laid last night. Bunk: Oh yeah? Your asshole still hurt?

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 6:08 a.m. CST

    That's great, HBO...

    by OBSD

    Now where the fuck is the Preacher series you promised?

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 6:41 a.m. CST

    just when I thought I'd seen enough cop shows...

    by Maniaq

    The Wire came along - and BLEW ME AWAY! So it's a fairly safe bet that I will at least check this out - tho it doesn't look like much in broad terms (just like The Wire)

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Treme neighborhood wiki

    by ls420

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST

    "Here you go...

    by ForkTongue a fuck when it ain't your turn to give a fuck." Ah, I'd watch Bunk in anything. Not sure what Lester's part is all about but I'm sure it'll be good.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 7:50 a.m. CST

    may be a good show that will also be ignored by

    by Russman

    the Emmy's. Isn't it amazing that it was just passed over by the Emmy's ....AGAIN! Just amazing. So I guess Mad White Men on AMC is "the best show on TV". What a joke

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 8:36 a.m. CST


    by Kentucky Colonel

    The WIRE folks did a Katrina benefit at SONAR in Baltimore a few years ago. My friends The subdudes played, along with The Nevillle Bros. and maybe even The Radiators...but I may be mistaken on that. Point is, Simon & Co. have always given a damn about New Orleans and to hear that this is their next project sends chills up my spine. I hope that maybe they can work the 'dudes into a scene somewhere/sometime. <p> Edward J. Tillman Lacrosse...REPRESENT! <p> And to think I shit myself when I saw him in "Ray" when I (finally) saw it a few months back. OH BOY IS THIS GREAT?!!?

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Clay Davis has something to say about this casting...

    by HoboCode


  • Aug. 7, 2008, 8:55 a.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    Mad Men IS the best show on television.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    "Lester Freamon, you're back from the dead."...

    by DanielKurland

    One of the msot enjoyable transformations I've seen is Lester, moving from being stuck in a garbage unit, to stoicly impressing everyone, and then leading entire investigations, just because he's so reinvigorated about being police. Pryzbaluski's transformation is also just as good.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 9:44 a.m. CST


    by Amadeo Zeller

    GTFOH! Shawn Ryan best days was his two seasons with Angel. The Shield (artistic-wise) is sporadic at best, and The Unit is a glorified soap opera...Now The Wire is/was pure ART! RECOGNIZE!

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    "i made him walk like that!"

    by duanejones

    _mad men_ is HUGELY overrated! didn't you sad motherfuckers ever watch _man in a grey flannel suit_? _peyton place_? oh, the struggle of bourgeois roles being sloghed off, and gender roles being reinforced over drinks, smokes and wry asides!! please fuck it, them...<p> _the mf wire_, on the other both these actors AND khandi a. for their work with simon past and, i'll bet, future. k.a. was so raw and incredible on _the corner_, i was sorry to see her wasting her talents on blacklit crime scene investigations. show us what you've got, khandi!<P> i confidently predict past as prologue, viz. brilliance outshining everything else on television anywhere (including your precious basic cable, Ashok0)and zero emmys...

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Lester plays a what now?

    by The Boz

    Lester Freeman as an Indian? Am I reading that wrong in the article? Paint me ignorant.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    If I could understand a word of your incoherent post I might respond.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST


    by wash

    Loving the sound of this.<br>

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Just gotta say

    by toshiro-solo

    That this is great news. I've just finished re-watching Season 5 (I've got a great video store here that doesn't give a shit about street date; if they have it in stock, they sell it), and I'm about 2/3 of the way through reading The Corner for the first time, and I'd say that at this point, anything David Simon does will get my attention. And to those out there who are saying that HBO is over and done with, I'd just like to respond that they gave a full 5 seasons to The Wire despite it never being a ratings juggernaut, they greenlit Generation Kill despite (again) The Wire not being a ratings juggernaut, and they're now giving it up for this pilot. I enjoy me some Dexter (although after watching The Wire, the "cop show" parts of Dexter are nearly unwatchable), and I can get behind Weeds (mainly because Kevin Nealon is funny as shit), but - let's be honest. Showtime is not, and never has been, up to the standards set by HBO. I couldn't say specifically why, but to me it feels like Showtime is chasing credibility and a reputation, whereas HBO is only chasing quality work... Anyway, enough of my rambling, I just wanted to say that this is, indeed, good news.

  • I will never ever forgive HBO for cancelling Deadwood. Ever.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 10:58 a.m. CST


    by toshiro-solo

    I'll fully agree that they're at a lull at the moment, but - doesn't the fact that they have a sort of stable of talent that keeps on returning (Ball, Simon, etc.) speak to the fact that this might be more of a temporary lull as opposed to a permanent thing? I suppose it's a personal preference thing, but of the shows you listed out, only Mad Men has come close to engaging me in the way that several of the HBO shows you mentioned did. Not to say that HBO is great right now; I just don't think anyone else is as good as HBO once was, either. I hear what you're saying, though.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST


    by toshiro-solo

    I, too, greatly lament the loss of Deadwood, but - I honestly don't think we'll ever know (or at least not for a long, long time) where the blame lies for the demise of that show - with Milch or with HBO or some combination of the two. Personally, my thoughts run to the fact that if HBO had pulled the plug, you'd think that Milch would've been relatively pissed, and that he wouldn't have been willing to work with them for John from Cincinnati. He did, though, and it leads me to think that the dissolution of Deadwood had more to do with him wanting to do something different than with anything else. Either way, though, I agree - I miss Deadwood like hell. That show - like The Wire - was really ABOUT something, not just a character study (although the character arcs for MANY of the people on Deadwood were great). I sometimes view Deadwood and The Wire as almost mirror image shows; one about what it takes to create "society" or "civilization" out of lawlessness, and the other about how the created "society" is an imperfect tool that doesn't meet the needs of all of it's citizens, and how it's failing us. Both great, great shows.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 11:49 a.m. CST

    This is great news!

    by Hjermsted

    Two of my favorite actors from The Wire... re-teaming with the creator of that show. Sweet! Anyone who has watched Spike Lee's When The Levees Broke knows that Pierce is from New Orleans. This will be a labor of love for him. Can't wait to see this show.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Interesting Precedent

    by Aquatarkusman

    A show called Frank's Place, set in New Orleans with Tim "Venus Flytrap" Reid and an all-black cast, in the late 80s/early 90s. Maybe got a few Emmys, but was a vastly superior show to boring whitebread shit like Murphy Brown. // Also, when it said Lester's playing an Indian, it could be one of the tribes that dresses up like indians for Mardi Gras, like the Wild Tchoupolitas (sp).

  • Man, that was painful.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 12:39 p.m. CST


    by toshiro-solo

    Haven't seen the True Blood pilot, so can't comment, but - Preacher helmed by "Daredevil/Ghost Rider" dude should just be left well enough alone. If they can do it RIGHT, then great, but - not like that. And - better than The Sopranos? Maybe, but although I liked The Sopranos, I always thought it was a bit overrated. Better than Deadwood or The Wire? In my opinion? No sir.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Barack Obama was the first to say The Wire was his favorite show

    by fassbinder79

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Best shows on television period...

    by fassbinder79

    The Wire Carnivale

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 1:15 p.m. CST

    HBO sucks cock by choice.

    by fiester

    By choice, I say!

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 2:09 p.m. CST

    johnnyjlawless & FuckMichaelBay

    by HoboCode

    Already beat you twats too it. Sheeeeeeeeeeeet...

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 2:28 p.m. CST

    watch generation kill get a ton of emmy nods

    by bacci40

    cuz simon has been smart, and kept down the amount of minority the nola show get ignored by the emmys, as it will have a large black guys know this to be true

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST

    contining the tradtion of balack actors playing indians

    by wash

    Started by Max "The Mack" Julien in "The Savage Seven".

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 2:30 p.m. CST

    *continuing* and *black*

    by wash

    needs more edit button

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 3:05 p.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    Generation Kill is based on an embedded journalists true account. Is Simon supposed to use black actors for actual white people?

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Many freed and unfreed slaves interbred with the indians.

    by HoboCode

    It's not out of the realm of possibility that a black actor could be playing a native american. hell there's strong evidence that free Africans were visting and interbreeding with native americans before Europeans even arrived.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Simon Projects Emmys and Racism

    by InActionMan

    Ironically, I just finished a two month marathon of the first four seasons of "The Wire" on my Netflix account <p> I also just finished "The Corner" yesterday, which I got to satiate my "The Wire" jones until season five of "The Wire" comes out. In my opinion "The Wire" is vastly superior to the "The Corner". However, "The Corner" won three Emmys out of the four for which it was nominated. <p> I think Hollwood's racism is more subtle than just dissing an "all black cast" Hollywood doesn't mind an all black cast. What Hollywood doesn't like is black people being portrayed as competent and intelligent. Hollywood loved "The Corner" because 99% of the characters were fuck-ups, drug dealers and junkies. In "The Wire" it did not matter if the character was a cop, a criminal, a politician or a junkie the black person was usually the smartest person in the room. Hollywood wants the white audience to see 99% of all minorities as fuck-ups. <p> This isn't exactly an original idea. Simon himself has pretty much said the same thing. <p> The interesting thing about "The Corner" is that it has almost the same cast as "The Wire" except that all the actors that play cops on "The Wire" play dealers or junkies in "The Corner". Which makes it like watching the Mirror Universe version of "The Wire". <p> An additional bonus of "The Corner" is that the wardrobe person seemed to have a thing against bras. Almost none of the ladies in the cast wear them. It is very cold in Baltimore.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Aquatarkusman, Tchoupitoulas

    by lsleelee

    And I doubt he's a Mardi Gras Indian, but I would definitely LOL if he was.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 10:38 p.m. CST


    by Brian

    I really want to see Simon command NEW actors. I feel funny saying it, but I'm sick of the Wire dudes. I've watch the Wire episodes over and over and over. Generation Kill having a whole new stable of actors is super-fresh. It's amazing to watch what the noobs do with Simon and Burns' words and sensibilities. I'll definitely watch Treme. I don't imagine they'll run that more than two or three seasons anyhow and then Simon can do something else that'll blow our minds. I want to see Simon do some really damatic stuff with females leads. That'd be a welcome twist.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 11:17 p.m. CST

    I met Michael Kenneth Williams on July 22nd

    by Brian

    I stopped into Wendy's to pick up a burger and as I'm about to order... a black dude walks up and says to the clerk "this isn't the chicken sandwich I ordered." The kid behind the counter says "Oh, sorry about that." and goes to get the right sandwich. The dude stands next to me and I get a good look at him and I think to myself "this dude looks just like Omar from the Wire." It struck me when I saw his eyes that it was definitely Michael Kenneth Williams. He went to sit down and I ordered my food. As I was leaving I stopped over and asked, just in case, "are you an actor?" and he was like "yes." He seemed shy and I went on and gushed like a fanboy. I told him that The Wire is the best television show ever made (it's the truth), I told him that I loved his work and the character he played, Omar Little, is one my favorite characters on ANY tv show EVER (again, the truth). He said "thank you, thank you." I was so nervous. After a minute of chatting I left. I'm not the celeb-crazy type at all, but I was really giddy over meeting him. What are the effin chances!? THE LEGENDARY OMAR eating at WENDY'S in TOMS RIVER, NJ!!!

  • Aug. 8, 2008, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Epitone, that Studio 60 episode is beautiful!...

    by DanielKurland

    Maybe my favorite episode. That being said, and how much I loved Studio 60 and Sorkin in general, it obviously didn't hit the levels that The Wire did.

  • Aug. 8, 2008, 6:33 a.m. CST

    I still think one of the most subtle reveals ever...

    by DanielKurland

    is when there's a scene in a gay bar on The Wire, and as the camera pans through the place, we only see a GLIMPSE of Rawls, who doesn't even say anything. Knowing that he's gay, completely changes his entire character. And it's so refreshing to see character revealed cleverly and organically, as opposed to some hypothetical bookended conversation/scene where McNulty accidentally walks in on Rawls getting a blow job from a guy or something.

  • Aug. 8, 2008, 8:36 a.m. CST

    I wanted to give Homicide a shot...

    by DanielKurland

    Due to my love of Simon. Rather than just blind buying it though, I thought I would try watching an episode first. The only one streaming online was a random episode from season 6. Ironically this seemed to be an episode where a major character is killed in the teaser. It looked fucking amazing, and I'm sure it's incredible, I just think it's funny the oen random episode I saw was probably pretty important and a bad one to stumble upon.

  • Aug. 8, 2008, 8:51 a.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    I jumped up and let out a hoot at that reveal. It was hilarious.

  • Aug. 8, 2008, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Mad Men

    by Screwbini

    The ONLY way Mad Men could possibly be the best show on t.v. is because The Wire is no longer on. The ONLY way!

  • Aug. 9, 2008, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Re: Emmys

    by bravogolfhotel

    Oy. If Simon feels that awards are distortive to the work he does-and all the derision of Pulitzer-chasing in season five of THE WIRE seems to suggest he does-then perhaps he ought not to keep submitting his work for them. Otherwise, he risks the appearance of engaging in entitled whining about not getting the recognition he feels is due him.

  • Aug. 9, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Mad Men can't be the best on TV because

    by Russman

    Battlestar hasn't finished it's run yet. The Wire - one of the best shows in the history of TV. Boom! Bitches